Best Halloween Movies for the Family
It’s the week before Halloween and you are most likely spending it getting into the spirit. After all, this is the gateway holiday to decorations, imaginations and celebrations so best to start ramping up now.
We have compiled our short list of family favorite Halloween movies that is sure to get everybody ready for Wednesday!
Hocus Pocus (1993)
What makes a better Halloween movie than three evil witches? Head to the 1600s, where Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) cast a spell that killed a little girl and turned her brother into an immortal black cat. Then, fast forward to the‘90s and meet Max Dennison, who just moved from Los Angeles to Salem, Massachusetts with his parents and his little sister. He’ll do anything to impress his cute neighbor, Allison, who just so happens to have access to the old Sanderson House. He even lights the Black Flame Candle, which as legend has it, will bring back the Sanderson sisters—and does! But hey, who believes in all that hocus pocus, anyway?
Young Adam and Barbara (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) are certainly dead, and a new family is certainly moving into their home! What to do? Cue Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), in all his putrescence, known for expelling unwanted houseguests (and solving other problems, too). Together, the crew (with the help of living goth child Lydia) work to expel her unbearable parents and reclaim the home for good.
Monster House (2006)
One house on the street is not like the others, and teenager DJ knows it. Unfortunately, it’s harder than expected for him to convince the police and his babysitter that their neighbor’s home is actually a living, breathing monster. DJ and his friends must embark on a crazy adventure in hopes of saving the people the house has eaten (and ideally destroying it afterward). Anxiety-prone kids should pass on this one, but young horror fans will dig this film for its relatable characters and heartwarming ending.
A father seeks a very special gift for his son, ultimately purchasing a very cute “mogwai” (uhh…”monster”??) with strict care instructions in Chinatown. As expected, Billy does not care for the critter Gizmo exactly as instructed, and total mayhem ensues, complete with rapidly multiplying hideous monsters. The film takes place at Christmastime, but the horror here is flexible enough to creep your kids out at any time of year
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
We just really want to see this tradition continue forever! This sweet flick is one of several holiday-themed family favorites involving your favorite characters. Though A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of our go-to’s, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown frequently makes its way into our movie marathons in early fall. Prepare for cute costumes, trick-or-treating, and pumpkins.